PawSox Lose When Red Wings Rally in the 9th at McCoy
PawSox news release...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — After snatching their first lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Pawtucket Red Sox ceded a pair of runs in the ninth and dropped the series opener to the Rochester Red Wings, 3-2, on Thursday night at McCoy Stadium.
Down 2-1 in the ninth, Rochester (15-14) connected on a pair of two-out RBI singles to overcome the PawSox (15-15) in the start of the four-game weekend set. Pawtucket had been 12-0 when leading after eight innings.
PawSox third baseman Matt Dominguez (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) has now hit safely in five of his last six games with an extra-base hit in each game of the homestand. Designated hitter Sam Travis, meanwhile, went 2-for-4 with two singles and recorded his ninth two-hit game of the season. The former second-round pick has hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games.
PawSox starting pitcher Marcus Walden gave up one run on three hits and a walk in five innings — his third consecutive start of at least five innings and no more than one run. Before he allowed the run in the fifth, Walden had logged 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings. The 28-year old, who signed with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in mid-December, lowered his ERA to 1.98.
Pawtucket left-handed reliever Edgar Olmos kept Rochester off the scoreboard over the next 2.1 innings, and righty Brandon Workman (L, 1-1) recorded the final two outs in the eighth, stranding a pair of baserunners. Workman, however, allowed three singles and a walk in the ninth to hand over the lead.
For the first time during his rehab assignment, Brock Holt (vertigo) played the entire game in left field. Holt went 1-for-4 with a slicing double down the left-field line and a pair of strikeouts.
Rochester starter Adalberto Mejia surrendered a pair of runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings with four strikeouts. Reliever Drew Rucinski (W, 1-1) retired all four batters he faced.
Rochester climbed out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. After right fielder Daniel Palka worked a leadoff walk, third baseman Leonardo Reginatto yanked an RBI double down the left-field line.
Pawtucket tied the game, 1-1, in the sixth when shortstop Mike Miller mashed a solo home run over the bullpen in left field. Miller, in his first game since being activated from the disabled list, notched his fifth Triple-A home run across three seasons in Pawtucket.
The PawSox surged ahead, 2-1, in the seventh. After a pair of infield singles and a double-play ball, Travis reached third with two outs. Dominguez then rocketed an RBI ground-rule double over the bullpen wall in left to plate Travis.
In the top of the ninth, Rochester first baseman Matt Hague singled. After pinch-runner Niko Goodrum reached third on back-to-back groundouts, catcher John Ryan Murphy walked. Second baseman Bengie Gonzalez then laced an RBI single inside the right-field line to tie the game, and center fielder Zack Granite singled up the middle to lift the Red Wings ahead, 3-2.
The PawSox continue their four-game series against Rochester on Friday at 6:05 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. Rehabbing Red Sox left-hander Roenis Elias (intercostal strain) is scheduled to oppose Red Wings lefty Jason Wheeler (2-1, 4.85).